Growing up, some of us were fortunate enough to take a trip or two to our local library. While our parents may not have been able to afford a plethora of children’s books and young adult novels, the library was a way for them to inspire a love of reading and literature, while keeping the cost relatively inexpensive.
Unfortunately, not all children’s libraries were very “inviting” or enticing for us youngsters. For myself personally, my local library growing up was the complete opposite of welcoming. The infstructure was old, the librarians were rude, and the furniture was uncomfortable. Recently, author Sarah Perry shared incredible photos of a children’s library in Stockholm that would inspire almost any child to grab a book and read.
What libraries look like when you don’t have a government systematically starving communities of the arts: this is the section of Stockholm’s main library aimed at 10-13 year olds. I nearly cried. pic.twitter.com/PjdFPOmVbA
— Sarah Perry (@SarahGPerry) March 22, 2018
Obviously, Stockholm’s government prioritizes the arts and reading, allowing the youth to make it something they want and feel as though they need to do. Maybe if libraries were this welcoming, reading wouldn’t become a “chore” to teens, but a hobby.
Twitter users absolutely loved the idea of a children’s library that created such an incredible environment.
I’m in Sweden now for the 1st time. Love how I see libraries all over the place. From the north of Kiruna to Stockholm, every town I’ve been have several. This American thinks the USA should take some notes.
— Amy Bonucchi (@Bonucchi77) March 23, 2018
I’m a Library Assistant at a U.S. library so you can imagine how much these photos wowed me. We would be so lucky to have libraries that look like that here.
— Jane Rosado (@JaneofJakku) March 23, 2018
That is beautiful! Our children need spaces like these to nestle into to read and dream.
— alma gudino (@almagudino1) March 23, 2018
When I die, I hope this is what the afterlife looks like.
— Quippish Quill (@quippishquill) March 23, 2018
As someone who used to work in a library…. just wow
— Jackie Balaguer (@Jay_assassin14) March 23, 2018
10-13 year-old me: pic.twitter.com/KmbHW9DvHn
— ?Trash?Cat? (@trashcatbinch) March 23, 2018
Wow! I wish the US cared half as much.
— Denise F. (@iam50fen) March 23, 2018
This is like the one and only time I went to Europe and lived in Switzerland for a month, and realized that not everyone lived in a capitalist trash fire but some countries actually super care about their citizens & take care of their home/planet & make it nice for kids too.
— Caitlin (@ThereWillBStars) March 23, 2018
I would never leave.
— Heather Norrgard (@ladyheatherlee) March 23, 2018
Other people began sharing other libraries that, too, inspire a love of the arts.
And here’s a couple of photos of the kids libraries in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/hnEvhE8eFi
— Kelly Bruce (@_Kelly_Bruce) March 23, 2018
When I visited Norway at Christmas the first thing I noticed was the number of bookshops. One on every corner! Even at the airports – not a magazine stand in sight but 2 or 3 book shops. And look at this library in Tromsø…there were tears in my eyes ??? pic.twitter.com/L2kIdlcx1c
— Kara (@MissKaraLouise) March 23, 2018
Hello from Storyhouse in Chester! pic.twitter.com/1jlXmWFDj9
— Storyhouse (@StoryhouseLive) March 23, 2018